We know that AVB is going to take this competition seriously because the same stories that emerged two weeks ago confirming this are all appearing again today.
That should lead to a stronger side but could the head coach be tempted to throw in the likes of Adam Smith and Andros Townsend after impressive displays at Carlisle in the league cup?
Hugo Lloris should return in goal but will Smith deputise for Kyle Walker? With no Kyle Naughton available, Jan Vertonghen should continue at left back with Dawson and Caulker at the heart of defence.
In midfield, who can be rested and who can come in? The same applies up front – AVB would probably want to rest some players but without depth in the squad and because of injuries will he get the chance?
The other issue is the attitude to this competition and defeat here would make qualification from the group a struggle. Who knows what will happen – here’s what we think but what’s your view?